Why do people think that paper ballots are automatically better than any form of electronic voting? "Because thats the way we've done it for years and years" And how has that worked out for ya? I'm sure you've never heard of stuffing the ballot box or of mishandling of the ballot boxes, losing ballots, miss-reading of the ballots. Paper ballots have just as many problems as you can cite "e-voting" supposedly has.
You can't judge "e-voting" by these buffoons using PDF's as a secure ballot. Must have been bought and paid for by Adobe. Go out and educate yourself on what is actually out there and available with regards to "e-voting", try it out, have your government, PTA, Union whatever, try it out. How many of you guys out there spewing how bad e-voting is do online banking, or have bought something from eBay? Do you use bank machines, how secure are they? Everyday just about everyone with a bank card uses it in some way or another either online or in some flakey ATM or a bank machine somewhere. Your (supposed) money is nothing but a few binary 1's and 0's somewhere in some banks' mainframes. If "e-banking" is good enough for ya then why isn't "e-voting"? Its got, or at least should have at least the same security banking has, if done correctly.
Ignorance. Not in the rude-sense. Just pure "I don't know anything about it, so I am going to piss on it with all my heart and I can't stand change, its new so I don't like it" ignorance.
All I can say is that I've at least tried "e-voting". It seemed fine to me. "Well how do you know your vote was actually cast for the person you chose?" I don't know. Do we ever really know with paper ballots that the ballot actually got counted, correctly? We may stuff that paper ballot into the ballot box but there is still no guarantee that it actually got counted, ever. You shouldn't fool yourself into thinking that the people working the elections don't necessarily have their own agenda's with regards to voting and the outcome of the election. Every bad thing you can imagine has already been done with regards to paper ballots and counting them etc.
It was great sitting at home in my nice comfy chair during a late October storm. The wind and rain blustering about. Me with my laptop sitting on my lap and me voting for Mayor, online. Done in minutes. Didn't have to go out, didn't get wet, didn't miss my Grand daughters first steps. I'm just happy that I live in a fairly progressive city where doing "e-voting" is just one of the perks.
Anybody know how many Municipalities in Ontario Canada are doing "e-voting" this October? Many. Guess how many are using PDF's as secure ballots? Zero (AFAIK!)